Los Angeles at Carolina Expert NFL Picks 9/8/2019
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Bank of America Stadium
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The Los Angeles Rams head to Bank of America Stadium to play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, September 8, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles as 2.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 51. The Rams were 9-8-1 against the spread last season and their over/under record was 9-9-0. The Panthers were 7-9-0 against the spread and their over/under mark was 8-8-0.
Valuable Los Angeles Rams Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Rams were 9-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Los Angeles Rams were 9-8-1 against the spread last year
Important Carolina Panthers Betting Trends
The Carolina Panthers were 8-8-0 against the over/under last season
The Carolina Panthers were 7-9-0 against the spread last year
Key Los Angeles Rams Injuries
08/21/19 LB Micah Kiser Pectoral is out indefinitely
Key Carolina Panthers Injuries
08/22/19 QB Cam Newton Foot is questionable Sunday vs LA Rams
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Los Angeles Rams were 1st in the National Football League in points scored with 527 last year. They ran 1,060 plays for 6,738 yards, which ranked them 10th in the NFL in total offense. The Rams averaged 6.4 yards per play, which was 7th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 401 1st downs last season, ranking them 16th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Los Angeles ran for 2,231 yards as a unit, which ranked 8th in the league. They ran 459 times, averaging 4.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Rams were penalized on offense 96 times for 878 yards last year, which had them 16th in the NFL in penalties. Jared Goff passed for 4,688 yards last year. He completed 364 throws while attempting 561 passes for a completion percentage of 64.9%. His quarterback rating last season was 101.1. He averaged 12.9 yards per completion and 8.4 yards per pass attempt.
Los Angeles was 12th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense last year with 384. They gave up a total of 5,737 yards on D, which was 19th in the league. The Rams were 19th in yards per play allowed with 6. Their pass defense allowed 6.6 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 11th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 347 throws on 533 attempts against the Los Angeles Rams defense last season, ranking them 8th and 20th in the league. The Los Angeles pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,780 yards in the air, which was 13th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 386 attempts for 1,957 yards last season, putting them in 28th place in the NFL against the run. The Rams had 99 penalties for 852 yards on defense last year. That placed them 3rd in the league. They allowed a score on 38.2% of possessions on defense, which was 8th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Los Angeles was 2nd in the NFL in punt returns with 30 last year. They totaled 307 punt return yards and averaged 10.2 yards per return, which was 4th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 60 yards. They returned 39 kicks for 834 yards on special teams, placing them 3rd in kick return yardage. The Rams averaged 21.4 yards per kick return and had a long of 40 yards last season. They were 3rd in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 8,102. The Los Angeles Rams tried 41 field goals last season and made 34, which was 2nd in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 82.9%. Los Angeles Rams kickers made 96% of their extra points, going 51 for 53 last season. Their punters accumulated 1,991 yards on 43 punts, averaging 46.3 yards per punt. That ranked them 4th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Carolina Panthers ran for 2,136 yards as a team last year, which ranked 4th in the NFL. They ran 416 times, averaging 5.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Panthers were penalized on offense 92 times for 818 yards last season, which had them 32nd in the league in penalties. They were 12th in the NFL in points scored with 376. They ran 1,011 plays last season for 5,972 yards, which ranked them 19th in the league in total offense. The Panthers averaged 5.9 yards per play, which was 21st in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 356 1st downs last year, placing them 12th overall as an offensive unit. Cam Newton averaged 7.2 yards per pass attempt and 10.6 yards per completion last season. He completed 320 passes on 471 attempts for a completion percentage of 67.9%. His quarterback rating last year was 94.2. He threw for 3,395 yards.
The Panthers rush defense allowed 384 attempts for 1,804 yards last year, putting them in 3rd place in the league against the run. Carolina committed 91 penalties for 805 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 9th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 38% of possessions on defense, which was 18th in the league. They were 11th in the league in points allowed on defense with 382. They surrendered a total of 5,651 yards on D, which was 7th in the NFL. The Panthers were ranked 18th in yards per play allowed with 6. Their pass defense gave up 6.8 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 19th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 353 passes on 529 attempts against the Carolina defense last season, placing them 22nd and 15th in the National Football League. The Carolina Panthers pass defense also gave up a total of 3,847 yards through the air, which was 18th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Carolina Panthers attempted 21 field goals last season and made 19, which was 17th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 90.5%. Carolina kickers made 90% of their extra points, going 37 for 41 last year. Their punters totaled 2,759 yards on 61 punts, averaging 45.2 yards per punt. That placed them 12th in the NFL in punting average. Carolina was ranked 5th in the league in punt returns last season with 24. They accumulated 165 punt return yards and averaged 6.9 yards per return, which was 19th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 30 yards. They returned 26 kicks for 582 yards on special teams, ranking 11th in kick return yardage. The Panthers averaged 22.4 yards per kick return and had a long of 37 yards last year. They were 16th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,954.
Who will win tonight's Rams/Panthers NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Panthers +2.5
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